Tuesday, November 2, 2010


Raul G. Salinas 6830 47.41
Jose A. Valdez, Jr. 3065 21.27
James Joel Newland 255 1.77
Juan Ramirez 608 4.22
Gene Belmares 3649 25.33

Charles David Wise 808 5.68
George Victor Garcia II 330 2.32
Madeline Lopez‐Escoto 3977 27.95
Juan Caballero 4098 28.8
Rosie Cuellar‐Castillo 5015 35.2

Rolando "Roli" Garcia 756 40.8
Mike Garza 1097 59.2

Esteban Rangel 933 60.51
Barney Garcia 171 11.09
Victor M Garcia 428 27.76
Armando Cisneros (Write‐In) 10 0.65

Michael Landeck 505 33.87
Alejandro Perez, Jr. 351 23.54
Jesus "Chuy" Romero 226 15.16
Ricardo "Ricky" Hinojosa 216 14.44
Abraham Rodriguez 193 12.94

Charlie San Miguel 934 26.81
Orlando "Orli" Navarro 876 25.14
Fred Santos 612 17.57
Emilio Martinez 247 7.09
B Javier Mendoza 349 10.02
Manuel "Manny" Arechiga, Jr. 466 13.38

Friday, June 25, 2010

Kellogg recall: Apple Jacks, Corn Pops, Froot Loops, Honey Smacks

Kellogg Co. is voluntarily recalling about 28 million boxes of Apple Jacks, Corn Pops, Froot Loops and Honey Smacks cereals because an unusual smell and flavor from the packages' liners could make people ill, the company said Friday.

Consumers reported the cereal smelled or tasted waxy or like metal or soap.

The products were distributed throughout the U.S. and began arriving in stores in late March. Only products with the letters "KN" following the use-by date are included in the recall.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Firefighter indicted for assault

33 year old Laredo firefighter Marcos Gomez has been indicted by a grand jury for assault causing bodily injury. The incident took place April 24th and it involved him and his wife. A relative of the couple reported the assault to police. The incident took place at their residence on Kingwood drive.

Gomez is currently on suspencion pending the outcome of the case, according to fire department officials.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

LISD to form alternative high school

LISD Board of Directors discussed a new high school for students that have already dropped out of class and want to return to their education.

"This high school would be designed for the student who has dropped out of an LISD high school and decided that was a really bad mistake and they really want to come back into school and earn their diploma", Veronica Castillo of LISD said. The high should be up by next year and expects close to hundred students in the inagural class. Meanwhile, UISD officials are also working on a similar venue.

In Oval Office Speech, Obama Puts Focus on Energy Policy

President Obama summoned Americans on Tuesday to a “national mission” to move away from reliance on oil and develop alternative sources of energy, demanding that Congress move quickly to overcome “a lack of political courage and candor.”

Speaking to a national television audience from the Oval Office, Mr. Obama also promised a long-term plan to make sure that the gulf states suffering from the oil spill are made whole again. He said he was appointing Ray Mabus, the secretary of the Navy and the former governor of Mississippi, to develop a Gulf Coast restoration plan in cooperation with states, local communities, tribes, fishermen, conservationists and gulf residents.

BP officials are adamant that the company should not be liable for the lost wages of oil workers laid off because of the six-month moratorium that the Obama administration imposed on deepwater offshore drilling after the Deepwater Horizon explosion and fire. But Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and other administration officials repeatedly have cited idled oil workers as among those who could press claims.

Watch video here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/video/president-obama-s-oval-office-address-bp-oil-spill-energy

Monday, June 14, 2010

Menoza announces run for City Council

Javier "B" Mendoza has announced his candidacy for City Council district 6. The seat is currently held by Gene Belmares, who is running for Mayor. Mendoza is president of Mendoza Maintenance Group and former owner of Sal's Pizza. He is a licensed real estate agent and former teacher. Mendoza wants improve city employee's health and wellness programs as well as develop business in the Laredo area. He will face Orlando Navarro and Fred Santos in the November city elections.

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Rihanna will visit Laredo in July

R&B superstar Rihanna will visit Laredo in July to perform alongside KE$HA and Travie McCoy. The concert will take place at the Laredo Energy Arena on July 24, 2010 at 8pm. Tickets will go on sale Saturday June 19, 2010 at 10am. Ticket prices are $122, $82, $62, $32 (facility fees not included). Meanwhile, Rihanna was scheduled to perform in Phoenix, Arizona on June 14th, the date of the announced concert but was cancelled, no reason was given to the venue.

Politicos start campaigning

Numerous candidates running for city office in the November elections have started placing banners and signage in walls announcing their names and office they are running for. An example cited is the race for Laredo Mayor, Councilman Gene Belmares and Mayor Raul Salinas are two candidates who have placed their names upon walls and billboards.

Current city ordinance makes it illegal to post campaign material several months before an election. In an interview given by another media outlet, Belmares and Salinas said they were against this ordinance and is their first amendment right. Other citizens say they agree but candidates should still follow the law. Some say if the ordinary citizens are told to respect a law or city ordinance in effect, our leaders should too. City officials, meanwhile say they will try to repeal or amend this ordinance and have no plans to give citations to candidates.

Man found dead on side of road

An unidentified man was foun dead and decompsed 50 yards from a busy road. The body was found at Sierra Vista and Zapata Highway by truck driver. The case is currently under investigation.

Laredo Watch back online

Laredo Watch will be revived after being on hiatus for several months; yes news will be posted daily now. This is the news blog that has brought you election results first than anyone else, the blog that reported first on several news issues throughout the last year. This website will continue to provide you with the very latest in your community.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


Monica Zapata-Notzon is has won the 111th District Court seat. She is at 56% of the early voting results.

Danny Valdez and Tano Tijerina are neck and neck, this race is still too close to call. Valdez currently has the edge with 52% of the early voting results.

Jaime Canales will unseat Keko Martinez for the Commissioner pct. 4 race. Canales has received 63% of the vote in early voting.

Wawi Tijerina will remain seated as Judy Gutierrez couldn't get enough votes to win.

Danny Dominguez and Ramiro Veliz are also too close to call, though Veliz is likely to win.

Esther Degollado will win to serve as District Clerk.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Salinas endorses Gutierrez

Jose Salinas, former commissioner Pct. 2 candidate is endorsing Judith Gutierrez for the County Commissioner Pct. 2 race against incubent Wawi Tijerina. Tijerina is upset at his endorsement and is saying Gutierrez offered Salinas a job with the county in exchange for the endorsement. Gutierrez says says that Ms. Tijerina is spreading this lie in order to discredit Mr. Salinas.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Zetas plan to make Nuevo Laredo their base of operations

Several news sources say that Zetas have moved out of Reynosa, Mexico and going into Nuevo Laredo. intelligence sources say the group wants to take over the city and make it their base of operations.

700 Zetas from around Mexico are joining the 500 already brought to the area last week. This week The U.S. Consulate General's office has already confirmed a gunbattle in Nuevo Laredo. It's happening near Boulevard Colosio and the city's zoo. the consulate general's office is telling all U.S. citizens to take shelter until the fighting stops.

Run-offs set for April 13th

Webb County will be seeing several run-off on April 13th.

These races will have a run-off. Incumbent Danny Valdez will face Tano Tijerina. For District Clerk, Esther Degollado will face Sylvia Palumbo. In the Pct. 2 Commissioner's race, Incumbent Wawi Tijerina will face former Commissioner Judith Gutierrez. Sergio Keko Martinez, the incumbent will face Jaime Canales in the run-off for Commissioner Pct. 4. Monica Zapata Notzon and Jesus Chuy Dominguez will face off for the 111th District Judge race. Finally, Ramiro Veliz, Jr. the incumbent and Daniel "Danny" Dominguez will face off for the Justice of the Peace, Pct. 2 seat.

County Judge candidates Andy Reyes and Louis H. Bruni have both endorsed Tano Tijerina for the County Judge race against incumbent Danny Valdez.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


Several incumbents keep seat. Oscar O. Martinez, Sergio Mora, Oscar Lieno, Diana Perales and Margie Ibarra have all won re-election.

In state elections, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison conceded the Republican nomination to Texas governor Rick Perry. Houston Mayor Bill White won the democratic nomination. Meanwhile, the Webb County elections office reported a possbile error with almost 1,000 votes due to electronic machines used for the disabled.

Run-off's will occur in the following races:

COUNTY JUDGE between Tano Tijerina & Danny Valdez
DISTRICT CLERK between Esther Degollado and Sylvia Palumbo
JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PCT. 2 between Ramiro Veliz and Danny Dominguez

Still to close to call are for the following races:

Notzon 45%
Arce 27%
Dominguez 28%

Comm. Pct 4
Martinez 41%
Chavez 14%
Canales 46% *Juan Chavez is out for this race

Comm. Pct 2
Tijerina 49%
Gutierrez 36%
Salinas 16% *Jose Salinas is out for this race

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Monday, March 1, 2010

Laredoans head to the polls

Today is the day! election day is here and thousands of Laredoans will hit the polls to vote for their candidates. Voting will begin at 7:00 am and close at 7:00 pm. Stay logged in to Laredo Watch for the latest poll numbers and projections. Laredo Watch will have election day projections starting at 6:00 pm.

Police on alert after Nuevo Laredo violence

Laredo police are on alert as of Monday night on International Bridge #1 due to reports of violence once again occurring in the sister city of Nuevo Laredo. A police spokesman says officials are on standby to deter any possible spill over from the sister city. Police officials urge Laredoan to stay away from traveling into Nuevo Laredo at this time.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Baby found dead in apartment; man found dead at home

A three month old baby was found dead at an apartment complex Sunday afternoon on the 9800 block of Cantera Court. Local police officers are currently investigating the baby's death. Also, Sunday police responded to a medical call at the 3000 block of Garfield. Officials found a 28 year old man dead on the home. Police are also investigating this death.

Pre-Election projections

Laredo Watch is making several projections for this Tuesday's election day primary in several key races. Please keep in mind to vote if you have not as your vote can decide who gets to represent you for the next four years. Many races will have a run-off.

Log on to Laredo Watch Tuesday night starting at 6:00 pm to see THE EARLY RESULTS OF EACH RACE! SEE THE RESULTS HERE, FIRST ONLY ON LAREDO WATCH!

WEBB COUNTY JUDGE - A run off is likely to occur. Danny Valdez, the incumbent and "Tano" Tijerina will face off in the run-off, while Andres "Andy" Reyes and Louis H. Bruni will finish third and fourth.

COUNTY COMMISSIONER PCT. 2 - Wawi Tijerina the incumbent, Jose Salinas and former Commissioner Judith Gutierrez are facing each other. This race will most likely see a run-off between Wawi Tijerina and Judith Gutierrez, though don't be surprised to see an upset second place by Salinas.

COUNTY COMMISSIONER PCT. 4 - Sergio "Keko" Martinez (incumbent) faces Jaime Canales as well as former city councilman Juan Chavez. In this race another run-off is likely to occur. This time between Martinez and Canales, Chavez will garner third place.

JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PCT 2, PLC 1 - In this five way race a run -off is destined to be seen. Ramiro Veliz, the incumbent faces four challangers, Daniel "Danny" Dominguez, Victor M. Schunior, Ricardo Urdiales and Santos Benavides. A run-off is likely to occur between Veliz and Urdiales. Dominguez will be in third place while Benavides will garner fourth place.

COUNTY TREASUER- Delia Perales (Incumbent) and Jose A. Valdez face each other. No run-off here, in this race Perales has the advantage.

COUNTY CLERK- Margie Ramirez Ibarra (Incumbent) and Longino "Lonnie" Garcia Jr are head to head in this race. Ibarra has the advantage though don't be surprised to see an upset by Garcia who is stronger this time since the last time he ran.

JUDGE, 111TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT- Adriana Arce-Flores, Monica Zapata Notzon and Jesus "Chuy" Dominguez are running here. Another run-off is likely to occur. Arce-Flores and Zapata-Notzon will have to face each other in the run-off.

JUSTICE OF THE PEACE PCT. 1, PL. 2- Oscar R. Liendo and Margarito Benavides face each other. Liendo will win in a landslide.

JUSTICE OF THE PEACE PCT 4- Oscar O. Martinez and Vicky Cantu face each other here. While Martinez faces his toughest re-election yet, he will win another term.

WEBB COUNTY DISTRICT CLERK- Jackie L. Ramos, Esther Degollado, Lydia Liendo Parra and Sylvia Palumbo are running as Manuel Gutierrez is retiring. Another run-off is likely to occur here. Ramos and Degollado will face each other in a run-off election.

Early voting is slow

Oscar Villarreal, Webb County's election administrator said that only about 19,000 citizens went to the polls early to vote. Overall the amount of people going out to vote has been slow compared to other election cycles. Election day is Tuesday, March 2nd.

Violence spreads throughout Nuevo Laredo

Violence continues in Nuevo Laredo while fears spread throughout two border cities. Local, state, and federal officers are monitoring the situation in the sister city to avoid any spill over to Laredo. News organizations in Nuevo Laredo are hush about any violence happening in their hometown due mainley to fear. Parents there are leaving their children at home instead of taking them to school. Residents stay at home instead of going shopping for fear of being killed.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Mayor Raul Salinas announces re-election

Mayor Raul Salinas announced his re-election bid on Valentine's Day at a special dance party at the Casa Blanca Ballroom.

Salinas said his major accomplishments was able to get almost 90 million dollars in funds for the Camino Cuatro Vientos, they are building seven new inspection modules at the World Trade Bridge, and they've just inaugurated the project to refurbish the Jefferson water treatment plant.

The incumbent will have to face several candidates in the November elections, inculding, Councilman Gene Belamres.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Laredo Watch will be first to bring election results

Stay tuned to Laredo Watch this March for the upcoming 2010 primary elections. Laredo Watch will post the latest and be the first to bring to you projections, polls and election results. Election day is Tuesday March 2nd, early voting before the March 2nd election will begin on Tuesday, February 16th and conclude on the 26th.

Laredo celebrates 15th annual ''Menudo Bowl''

Hundreds of Laredoans attended the 15th annual ''Menudo Bowl'' on Saturday at LIFE downs grounds.

The event is used to raise funds for the Laredo Crime Stoppers program. The event held lots of fun and games for all the family, there will also be music, dancing, food stands, motorcycle exhibits, old car exhibits, horses and a playground for the children.

High school students register to vote

High school students at Vidal M Trevino magnet school conducted a voter registration drive Friday.

Several students went to area LISD high schools to talk abou the importance of voting. They are currently planning their annual "Rock the Vote" event scheduled for Tuesday, February 2nd on the campus ground in downtown Laredo.

Salinas appears on CNN

Laredo Mayor Raul Salinas appeared on CNN Friday morning. The mayor talked about government funding that is heading to the Gateway City through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Salinas also talked about the recent bookstore closing, saying, "I am very confident that in the near future that we will have a new bookstore in Laredo because there’s a lot of enthusiasm".

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

List of candidates released

Monday was the last for citizens to file a run for office in the March primaries. Several decided to run, some such as Councilman Hector "Tito" Garcia, Elda Rivera and former Sheriff Juan Garza decided against a run. Here's the final list:

WEBB COUNTY JUDGE::: Danny Valdez (Incumbent), "Tano" Tijerina, Andres "Andy" Reyes and Louis H. Bruni are confirmed to be running

COUNTY COMMISSIONER PCT. 2::: Wawi Tijerina (Incumbent), Jose Salinas and former Commissioner Judith Gutierrez

COUNTY COMMISSIONER PCT. 4::: Sergio "Keko" Martinez (Incumbent) will run for re-election, Jaime Canales will also run as well as former city councilman Juan Chavez.

JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PCT 2, PLC 1::: Ramiro Veliz (Incumbent), Daniel "Danny" Dominguez, Victor M. Schunior, Ricardo Urdiales and Santos Benavides

JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PCT 2, PLC 2::: Ricardo Rangel (Incumbent),

COUNTY TREASUER::: Delia Perales (Incumbent) and Jose A. Valdez

COUNTY CLERK:::: Margie Ramirez Ibarra (Incumbent) and Longino "Lonnie" Garcia Jr

JUDGE, 49TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT::: Joe Lopez (Incumbent)

JUDGE, 111TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT::: Adriana Arce-Flores, Monica Zapata Notzon and Jesus "Chuy" Dominguez will run as Raul Vasquez retires

JUDGE, COUNTY COURT AT LAW NO. 1::: Ben Morales (Incumbent)

JUDGE, COUNTY COURT AT LAW NO. 2::: Jesus "Chuy" Garza (Incumbent)

JUSTICE OF THE PEACE PCT. 1, PL. 2::: Oscar R. Liendo (Incumbent) and Margarito Benavides

JUSTICE OF THE PEACE PCT 4::: Oscar O. Martinez (Incumbent) and Vicky Cantu

WEBB COUNTY DISTRICT CLERK:::: Jackie L. Ramos, Esther Degollado, Lydia Liendo Parra and Sylvia Palumbo will be running as Manuel Gutierrez is retiring

DEMOCRATIC PARTY CHAIR:::: Sergio Mora (Incumbent) and Rolando Herrera

Alvino "Ben" Morales does not have an opponent for County Court at Law 1 Judge, as well as Jesus "Chuy" Garza, State Rep. Richard Raymond and Congressman Henry Cuellar will be unopposed for their primary.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Mexico announces capture of alleged drug lord

Mexican police have captured alleged drug lord Carlos Beltran Leyva, just two weeks after his even more powerful brother was killed in a shootout with troops.

Two weeks ago, his brother Arturo, reputed chief of the Beltran Leyva cartel, was killed in a shootout with Mexican marines in the central city of Cuernavaca. He was the highest-ranking cartel suspect taken down since Calderon sent tens of thousands of soldiers and federal police across the country three years ago to fight brutal drug gangs.

Mexican officials in the past have described Carlos Beltran Levya, 40, as a key member of the gang, but it was unclear if he took over as chief of the cartel after his brother died.

County Attorney suspended from practicing law

Webb County Attorney Anna Cavazos Ramirez has been suspended from practicing law in the state of Texas.

According to the Texas Bar Association, Ramirez never sent in her attorney occupation tax exemption forms and has been suspended from practicing law in Texas since September 1, 2009.

Ramirez says that all forms were sent in back in June, along with paperwork and bar fees of 11 other county attorneys, and doesn't understand why her bar fee was processed while her tax exemption form was not.

Until her suspension is over, Ramirez is not allowed to offer any legal advice. Offering legal advice is part of her duty as county attorney. Since September 1st, she has done so numerous times. Ramirez claims she was unaware she had been suspended from practicing law until recently.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Couple accused of animal cruelty

40 year old Sandra Ruiz and 45 year old Felipe Ruiz have been arrested being accused of animal cruelty.

The couple left their dog without food or water for several days. Police noticed visible signs of dehydration by the K-9.

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Laredoans ring in 2010

Lareoans are ringing in the new year as a decade closes. Laredo Watch will be updating and imporving the website to bring you the latest in news coming soon in 2010.

Some major local stories this year:
> Death of baby Katerine Cardenas
> Henry Flores arrested
> Patricia Barrea corruption case

Some major national stories:
> Michael Jackson's death
> Death of major celebrities and personalities (Ted Kennedy, Patrick Swayze, Ed McMahon & Walter Cronkite)
> Obama inaugurated as President
> Economy
> H1N1 Flu
> "Tea Parties"
> Cash for Clunkers

Sunday, December 27, 2009

153 HIV/AIDS cases seen in Laredo

Laredo is closing 2009 with a total of 153 HIV/AIDS cases for this year. In total the Laredo Health Department has seen 457 postive HIV / AIDS cases since 1985.

The cases seen are currently being attended by the local health sector with all expenses covered.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

East Texas murder suspect apprehended at U.S. border in Laredo

Police apprehended a murder suspect who they thought might be headed towards West Texas at the U.S. border near Laredo.

John Jacob Presley is wanted in Nacogdoches, Texas for the murder of his wife, Stephanie. Law enforcement found her body Thursday morning in a wooded area near the Rusk County line, in East Texas.

Kinky Friedman announces switch to Ag Commissioner

Following meetings with Mayor Bill White and Businessman Farouk Shami, Kinky Friedman announced that he is abandoning his campaign for Texas Governor and entering the race to become the Democratic nominee for Texas Commissioner of Agriculture.

"This has never been about me; this has always been about what is best for the people of Texas and the Democratic Party," Friedman stated. "After my visit with Bill my mind was made up. There is a clear alternative for the people of Texas, and today I'm changing courses with a happy heart. I've determined that the best way that I can help the ticket and serve Texas families is by switching to the Ag Commissioner's race. Former Texas Agriculture Commissioner, Jim Hightower explained how much the office does and how much potential there is to do more."

Friedman captured 12% of the vote for Texas governor in 2006 as an independent.

Book store set for Laredo's future

With the closing of B. Dalton Booksellers, the only book store in Laredo. Through sources, Laredo Watch can confirm that Laredo will get another book store in the future. While the details and comapny information are undisclosed, there is a process currently in the works for a book store of such to be opened sometime next year.

Currently locations in the Laredo area are being sought for the new book store. Keep logging on for more information as we post.

New Representative in Webb Finance Committee

The Webb County Bail Bond Board chose Vicky Cantu as their new representative for the County's finance committee.

"I am proud to work and serve almost 30 companies in the sector, taking care of the interests and complying with the operative ordinances," Cantu says.

The committee regulates the operations of the bail bond companies to safeguard the interests of the community and the rights and obligations of the businesses in the county.

The committee president includes; Judge Alvino "Ben" Morales, head of Law Court No. 1, and other judge members, including Elma Teresa Salinas Ender and Alfonso Ornelas, as well as Manuel Gutierrez, and Treasurer Delia Perales.

Cantu is currently running for Justice of the Peace against Judge Oscar O. Martinez.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Lil' Wayne comes to Laredo; Saturday night show

The Lil’ Wayne concert has been rescheduled for 7:30 p.m., Saturday, at the Laredo Entertainment Center, officials said.

Border Patrol agents discovered marijuana residue in the trash can of one of his tour buses Friday afternoon. Lil’ Wayne, is scheduled to be sentenced for weapons charges in New York in February.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Lil' Wayne Detained By Border Patrol; Laredo Concert postponed

Hip Hop artist Lil' Wayne was detained by the U.S. Border Patrol at the Falfurrias Checkpoint Friday evening.

Lil' Wayne whose real name is Michael Carter, Jr., is being held along with eleven other people after officials found an undisclosed amount of marijuana on two tour buses.

Lil' Wayne was set to play a sold out concert in Laredo tonight at the Laredo Entertainment Center. The concert has been postponed until furter notice.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Man shot dead in early morning hours

An 18 year old man is shot dead this morning in the sout side. The incident occured at five o'clock Tuesday monring in the 13-hundred block of Eisenhower.

Police say the man died from a gun shot wound to the his upper body. Police say the weapon used belongs to a Border Patrol agent, who is the victim's older brother.

Sources say the brother was the person who shot the man, police officials are currently investigating this incident. Sources say this was an accident.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Firefighter pleas guilty

Thirty-nine year old Luis Rolando Garcia, a Laredo firefighter pleaded guilty in the 406th District Court.

He is being charged with sexually abusing a male relative over the span of three years, from when he was 10 years old.

The victim came forward to police eleven years later. Garcia's sentencing is set for February 19th.